FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016
The California Wellness Foundation
Foundation’s communications, community relations and public policy functions unite to form comprehensive Public Affairs Department under new leadership
Richard Tate has been named vice president of public affairs at The California Wellness Foundation, effective March 7. In this new role, Tate will oversee the creation of a new Public Affairs Department at Cal Wellness, which will consolidate the Foundation’s communications, community relations and public policy functions. He will report directly to President and CEO Judy Belk and serve on the Foundation’s senior management team.
“Richard brings to Cal Wellness a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion for our work and the communities we serve,” said Belk. “Under Richard’s leadership, we look forward to leveraging all of the Foundation’s assets in engaging our community partners, policymakers, the media, the private sector and the philanthropic sector in moving the needle on health equity for all Californians.”
Tate said he is excited about the opportunity to further the reach and impact of Cal Wellness’ work. “For more than 20 years, Cal Wellness has worked at the intersection of health and social justice, expanding the definition of wellness for all Californians, specifically for the underserved,” he said. “I find great inspiration in Cal Wellness’ mission and grantmaking, and I am honored to be joining a team of dedicated, passionate professionals at one of our state’s leading health philanthropies. I look forward to working with the new public affairs team to raise awareness and build relationships to maximize the Foundation’s efforts.”
Tate is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing and journalism, including leadership positions in health-focused philanthropic and business organizations. He joins Cal Wellness after ten years with HopeLab, the health-focused nonprofit organization of the Omidyar Group and a pioneer in digital health research and development. He was HopeLab’s first director of communications and marketing and advanced to become a vice president and member of the executive leadership team, overseeing all public relations, media outreach and product marketing.
Prior to joining HopeLab, Tate served as a director of corporate communications for the multinational biotechnology company Chiron Corporation, through its acquisition by Novartis AG. He began his communications career as an editor and journalist, holding editorial positions at the national newsmagazine The Advocate, Citysearch.com, and the Los Angeles lifestyle magazine Buzz. He currently serves on the Bay Area Surgical Mission Board and participates in missions providing free medical care in remote and poor communities in the Philippines. To read his full biography, click here.
The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
Cal Wellness’ Advancing Wellness grants program is designed to promote equity through advocacy and access. The grantmaking focuses on three interconnected portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded 8,062 grants totaling more than $946 million.